Margaret Alice Second

(24 January 1961 / South Africa)

My Ice Queen Years (REVISED)


In my zenith-blue oversized jersey I decide that it
shall be my favourite colour of all time, combined
with the new lavender cloth below my keyboard -
far more calming than magenta and cerise mixed
into forever promoting restlessness

With the blue shade around my computer screen
I am a noble & magnificent ice-cold snow queen
frozen in time in a freezing castle doing research
without worry about life passing her by; so in an
endless, eternal moment steadfastly working on

Technical translation, word by word, line by line;
a pale shade yellow cloth on my left symbolises
a sunbeam come to keep me company, the soft
pink rose on my right innocence and hope - blue,
light-green, lavender azure becomes the melody

Of Debussy’s L'après Midi D'un Faune, my noisy
subjects invisible and unheard behind the music
& cupboard screen - as long as I can stay ahead
of the noise levels, my long ice queen years will
become a memory of a most beautiful dream

Lived in a technical translation trance …

[14 March 2014]

Submitted: Friday, March 14, 2014
Edited: Saturday, March 15, 2014

Topic(s): fantasy


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